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Good Morning Angkor

Good Morning Angkor
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Copyright: Alfred tdl (alftrek) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 320 W: 53 N: 846] (3270)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-06
Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Architecture, Ruins
Camera: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED AF-S, 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Doors Windows & Gates, Arches Within Arches [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-13 18:05
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Angkor literally means 'Capital City' or 'Holy City'. Today, it refers to the capital city of the Khmer Empire that existed in Cambodia between 9th and 12th centuries AD, as well as to the empire itself. The temple ruins in the province of Siem Reap are the remnants of the Angkorian capital, and represent the pinnacle of the ancient Khmer architecture, art and civilization.

The little boy in this photo was gazing at the larger temple building in the distant at Angkor Wat shortly after sunrise, waiting for visitors to buy his handicraft.

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  • sacimar Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4367 W: 53 N: 5986] (34629)
  • [2009-03-13 18:07]

Hi Alfred,

beautiful picture, the light and shadow effect with the boy is very interesting, good composition,



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  • daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3581 W: 114 N: 6346] (28696)
  • [2009-03-13 18:15]

Hi Alfred. Beautifully crafted shot. Lovely use of light and shadow.The little boy's anticipation is nicely captured as he looks out for a possible customer. Beyond him part of the old city shimmers in the light.A difficult shot well managed. Regards. Klaudio.

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  • SteveH Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 383 W: 90 N: 968] (6429)
  • [2009-03-13 18:40]

Hi Alfred, great use of the light form a diagonal, taking the viewer to the temple silouette. Texture on the floor is good and the boy adds a nice human element. well done. Cheers, Steve

Hi, Alfred -

Great composition and framing. I would have brushed down the overexposed part, though.


Beautiful light, very good composition is really a good photo congratulations

Hi Alfred,

This is a very well composed photograph and excellent use of the light.

Sayantan Mukherjee

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  • Flavia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1871 W: 87 N: 2339] (10352)
  • [2009-03-13 22:17]

Hi Alfred,

Beautiful compo with warm light and poetic subject. Maybe a little overexposed on the auside part of the door, but you managed pretty well the dificult light conditions. I guess a B&W also would have worked well here.



Hello Alfred, This is a real beauty, Two pictures in one, The little boy casting a big shadow on the pavement is excellent in colour & detail, the other part of the picture is the little boy again standing in the doorway, in the sunlight, anxiously waiting for people to purchase his goods with the silhouetted temple in BG. Well done, a beautiful image, my compliments.
I'm waiting to see more of these shots from you & also waiting for you to come to Melbourne so that we can spend some time together.
Take care

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2009-03-13 23:03]

Hi Alfred,
its clever taken. great composition and light control. its like a shadows game. congratulations. Have a nice Weekend.


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  • Rafer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 881 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-03-13 23:32]

Muy buen contraluz con agradables tonos en acertada composición...saludos

Place, light, time and gave the classic beauty photo composition.

hello Alfred
splendid picture of the famous place,where we can see the temple,but where the little boy and his long shadow are a wonderful element!I love the colours and the light!It was a difficult shot,and you have perfetly managed the light!
PS:you were right for my model,you know her,but I couldn't say who she is

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  • vincz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2604 W: 77 N: 5252] (19113)
  • [2009-03-14 5:14]

I love the atmosphere in this one. Difficult to find such a very new catch of Angkor. The big shadow is fantastic, I really love this one. Congratulations!

Hello Alfred
It was a pleasure to meet you&Bill in PP and we had a real good time ;)
We still did not go to Siem Reap, so it is nice to see from you the silhouetted temple ruins at a distance and with the little boy naturally framed in between the door! Not an easy light outside but the sunrays illuminating the pavement in FG and the shade of the kid are just fantastic. An original framing too!
I did not sort out my pictures yet and I'll try to post soon ;)

Hello Alfred,
Such clarity and quality especially within the indoor area. Great shadow highlight control under difficult lighting. Wonderful composition with the boy giving you a great focal point and long shadow leading the way to the silhouette. I like the diagonal and vertical light ... really good POV. And congratulations on the new lens ... a fine investment. Give me a call when you come to KL again. Regards. Latiff.

Hello Fred,
Thank you for the wonderful sharing the beautiful image that you brought back from Cambodia!
nice image with the best displayed of light and shadows in the best pov to include the view of the wat at far!
hope you enjoyed the trip with Bill!
see you and take care

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  • BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2446 W: 34 N: 4416] (24815)
  • [2009-03-14 14:07]

Thumbs up, Alfred, for contributing a somewhat different and original shot of Angkor Wat. Great diagonal composition, brilliant shadow. The light outside is very strong, I wonder what a shorter exposure would have done here. The brown in the left bottom corner is brilliant. Great and original picture, I wonder if a PP wizzard might not be able to make it even more impressive.

Have a good WE & thanks for your creativity.


interesting composition with the children and its shadow
the silhouette of the temple is still visible
hard contrast to manage, but you did it well

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5755 W: 64 N: 11341] (46939)
  • [2009-03-14 16:32]

Hi Alfred!
I really like this! Surely a different vision of Angkor!I like the way you show it through the door, in spite of the hard light. I also like the silhouette of the little boy and, of course, his shadow in foreground.

Hello Alfred, this is a veru unique photo from Angkor Wat. The shadow and the morning light create artistic view. Beautiful! Sothy

Hi Alfred
Hope all is well. A fantastic shot of this boy near the doorway. The long shadow is truly awesome as is the colours and detail. A wonderful shot.

Hi Alfred,
Creative pov to frame it all the entrance, the child and his shadows, and the outdoor view, good contrast of color between bright and dark area, good shoot.

Hi Alfred, this photo should be in a book! You must be so pleased with it. The DOF is amazing. You have captured the little child's shadow so shaprly and beautifully, yet still managed to retain the detail of the temple in the background. Great job & TFS, Lisa.

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  • phwall Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 989 W: 187 N: 1771] (6785)
  • [2009-03-16 18:51]

Hello Alfred,
I love it, brilliant shot. You win.

Hi Alfred!
Great shot! Very well seen - I like the fact that it shows a different view of the temples!
Well done!

On this site I really learn things from you guys.
I would have never thought of having a shot like this and I went to Angkor!!!
Incredible pov and a very interesting photo.
Thanks for sharing your photos with us so that people like me always learn and improve,



Hi Alfred!!

This is really and simply great!!!

A very good option really well done, optim composition and wonderful light management...

A great work!!


Have a nice day.


Nice composition - two pictures in one really telling a story at the same time of the little boy going off to school on a bright sunny morning. I particularly like the shadow on the pavement.

Hi Alfred,
Wow what a shot. All I can say is:
Clever, clever & clever.
Kind regards,

hello again Alfred
An excellent backlight shot
Very tricky light situation that you managed properly given the main role to the kid and its shadow. Of course the temple is overexposed but not the extent to make it hard to identify
have a nice day

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  • Aliine Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 143 W: 5 N: 332] (2669)
  • [2010-05-06 13:53]

Hi Alfred,
A really original picture of Angkor. I love it !
Beautiful light and shadow.
Regards, Aline

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